Clark Mitchell Wins Summary Judgment

February 1, 2023

The Plaintiff sued Crow Valley Golf Club seeking recovery under Iowa Code section 808B. The Plaintiff alleged Crow Valley Golf Club operated a surreptitious video and audio mechanism in its bar/restaurant and had recorded his conversations with business associates. Iowa Code section 808B.8(1)(a) permits an individual whose communication is intercepted, disclosed, or used in violation […]

Iowa Supreme Court Provides Certificate of Merit Clarification

In September 2020, Jahn and Sara Kirlin filed suit against two doctors and Methodist Physicians Clinic alleging negligence following medical treatment received by Jahn. The Kirlins timely filed a certificate of merit affidavit signed by Dr. David Segal, a board-certified neurosurgeon. Iowa Code section 147.140 requires plaintiffs in medical malpractice suits to serve a certificate […]

Attorney Spotlight: Aaron Lindebak

Aaron Lindebak is a trial attorney in the firm’s litigation division. His practice areas include bad faith, coverage disputes, personal injury, and appellate practice. What was your first job? I was a law clerk for Judge Mary Tabor of the Iowa Court of Appeals. What do you like most about working at Grefe & Sidney? […]

Iowa Supreme Court Declines to Extend Fair Cross Section Requirement to Civil Jury Trials

January 6, 2023

Michael Savala sued the State of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Corrections, and the director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for employment discrimination. He alleged the defendants discriminated against him on the basis of his age, race, color, and national origin in violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act. At his trial, Savala raised […]

Clark Mitchell Wins Quiet Title Action

Clark Mitchell recently obtained a favorable ruling on behalf of his client, Metro Turf, in a quiet title and trespass action. The Plaintiff, Metro Turf, brought suit against neighboring property owners that asserted ownership to a portion of Metro Turf’s property through adverse possession. Adverse possession requires proof of possession that is hostile, actual, open, […]

Peter Ickes Joins Grefe & Sidney

We are pleased to welcome Peter Ickes to Grefe & Sidney, P.L.C. Peter will be joining the firm’s Trial Division. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa. Peter went on to attend Drake University Law School, graduating in 2019. In his free time, he likes to play the piano, […]

Aaron Lindebak Wins Summary Judgment

December 1, 2022

The Plaintiff sued Budget Truck Rental, LLC, for damages resulting from an auto accident. Aaron Lindebak, representing Budget, asserted that the Plaintiff’s claims were precluded under 49 U.S.C. § 30106, commonly known as the Graves Amendment. The Graves Amendment precludes liability of rental car companies for harm to persons or property that results or arises […]

Attorney Spotlight: Ryleigh Keeney

Ryleigh Keeney is an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation division. She represents businesses and individuals in a broad range of matters including but not limited to personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, bad faith, and breach of contract. What was your first job? I was a bank teller in Clinton, Iowa, where I had […]

Tansha Akogyeram Granted Dismissal in Vicarious Liability Claim

Tansha Akogyeram obtained a Pre-Answer dismissal for her client, a rental truck company sued for vicarious liability. The suit arose from a single-vehicle collision involving a rental truck in which Plaintiff was a passenger. The driver of the rental truck fell asleep, causing it to strike a median. Plaintiff filed suit against the driver for […]

Attorney Spotlight: Stella Maris Strohman

November 2, 2022

Stella Maris is an associate attorney at Grefe & Sidney. She attended Drake University Law School where she graduated with honors. While at Drake, Stella Maris interned with the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa State Education Association. She also competed on the Negotiations Team. Stella Maris was interested in becoming an attorney from […]